Patent Trolls Patent Reform

Patent Troll is a pejorative term used to describe persons or entities who aggresively assert patent ownership rights and typically do not manufacture or make use of the underlying patented inventions. Often,... more +
Patent Troll is a pejorative term used to describe persons or entities who aggresively assert patent ownership rights and typically do not manufacture or make use of the underlying patented inventions. Often, patent trolls exist solely to aggregate and litigate patents. Many in the technology industry claim that patent trolls stifle innovation and have urged Congress to combat these practices by passing comprehensive patent reform. less -
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Senate Judiciary Committee Tables Patent Reform, Again

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary was set to consider the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 (S. 1720) earlier today during an Executive Business Meeting. Instead, the Committee again tabled the bill, this...more

Stopping Bad Patents -- Senator Schumer Takes on the "Patent Trolls"

In what turned out not to be an April Fools' Day joke, Senator Charles Schumer (at right) of New York participated earlier today in a Google+ Hangout sponsored by the Internet Association. According to their website, this...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Takes Up, Then Tables, Patent Reform

Earlier today, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held an Executive Business Meeting in which the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act was considered, then held over for another week. Nevertheless, several members of...more

Move over, Congress: The Supreme Court may be this year’s game-changer on patent reform

In a normal year, the U.S. Supreme Court does not normally grant certiorari to patent law cases. In a good year, the Supreme Court may grant certiorari to a single case impacting patent law. In 2014, the nation’s highest...more

Wisconsin Legislators Pass Bill to Thwart “Patent Trolls”

On March 20, 2014, Wisconsin lawmakers passed a bill in an attempt to limit the ability of non-practicing entities (NPE) – also commonly referred to as “patent trolls” – to file claims demanding patent licensing payments. ...more

Down the rabbit hole: Alice case chases the elusive white rabbit of patent reform

Patent trolls — non-practicing entities best known for threatening expensive patent litigation in order to collect licensing fees from accused infringers — are a well-documented problem. Measures aimed at reforming patent...more

Lawmakers Go Hunting for “Patent Trolls”

Oregon has now become the second state to take aim at non-practicing entities (NPEs), more colorfully called “patent trolls,” with laws addressing patent enforcement. On February 25, 2014, the state attorney general...more

New York Attorney General’s “Groundbreaking Settlement” with a “Patent Troll” and the Broader Implications of the “Guidelines for...

Earlier this month, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a “groundbreaking settlement” agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC (“MPHJ”), a company many (including the Mr. Schneiderman) deem a...more

Angels Rush in Where Fools Fear to Tread: State Enforcement Against Patent Trolls

I. INTRODUCTION - Nobody likes trolls — those mythical creatures, “considered dangerous to human beings,” who hide under bridges waiting to prey on unsuspecting travelers. Like their mythological namesakes, patent...more

Patent Issues Remain a Priority for the White House

On February 20, 2014, the White House hosted an event "highlight[ing] progress on the [Obama] Administration's patent policy agenda." Orrick intellectual property attorney Wesley Helmholz attended the event at the White...more

White House Announces Executive Actions Designed to Combat Patent Trolls

Last week, the White House announced new executive actions characterized as initiatives “to combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation.” This marks a continuation of the White House’s...more

White House Seeks to Promote Transparency Concerning Patent Ownership

Last week, the Obama Administration announced "major progress on a series of initiatives designed to combat patent trolls and further strengthen our patent system and foster innovation" (see "The White House Releases Update...more

The White House Releases Update on "Protecting American Inventors and Innovators"

Earlier today, the White House provided an update on the five executive actions that it announced in June of 2013. At the time, we reported on the President's legislative recommendations and executive initiatives, as well as...more

Patent Trolls, Defensive Groups, and Pooling

A common topic of patent reform discussions are patent trolls. Patent trolls, who often gather patent portfolios and assert patents against others in an effort to collect licensing fees or patent infringement damages, are...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 1 (Winter 2014): “Patent Trolls” Beware –...

If the mainstream media is to be believed, the patent system is now “broken.” This notion is frequently blamed on the perceived increase in so-called patent assertion entities (“PAEs”), referred to derogatorily in the press...more

Patents and the State of the Union -- A Response

It may come as no surprise, but on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, President Obama highlighted innovation and the patent system during his State of the Union address...more

"Intellectual Property and Technology: Patent Issues to Watch in 2014"

With key provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) taking effect and a host of controversial U.S. Supreme Court decisions, 2013 was another active year for intellectual property law. Big cases and big changes will continue...more

More Q&A from Webinar on Top Patent Law Stories of 2013

On Tuesday, we presented a live webinar on the "Top Patent Law Stories of 2013." The webinar covered ten of the fourteen stories that made it onto Patent Docs seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. Posts...more

An NPE Settles with New York, Sues FTC

Over the past year, both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government have expressed increasing support for legislation and other measures targeting patent litigation abuse by non-practicing entities...more

House Passes Patent Reform Legislation

The U.S. Congress continues to focus on patent reform legislation with House passage of the Innovation Act, a bill primarily addressing the conduct of patent litigation. While much attention has been paid to litigation...more

Pending Patent Legislation—Round Two of Patent Reform

The U.S. Congress is once again poised to enact a new round of patents reforms. It is important to know the potential impact the legislation could have on your intellectual property portfolio and to be prepared to act....more

For Whom the Bell Trolls

Government efforts to block patent troll activity gained momentum this summer, as the White House issued five executive orders and members of Congress fielded no fewer than five bills aimed at such issues as patent quality...more

Advertising News & Analysis - January 9, 2014

In this issue: - Will Consumers, or Plaintiffs, Cheer GMO-Free Cheerios? - "Patent Troll" Reform Bills Moving through Congress - Holiday Discounts: When Pricing Laws Attack - CFPB Examines...more

Patents In A 3D World: The Challenge of the Second File-Sharing Revolution

Amidst the commotion of the recently-enacted America Invents Act (which resulted in the most substantial overhaul of our patent laws since the Patent Act of 1952), and the flurry of patent legislation directed to the problem...more

The Year Ahead in Patent Law

2014 promises to be an eventful year in patent law. On the legislative front, several patent reform initiatives have been introduced, including House and Senate bills to broaden the definition of CBM patents and crack down on...more

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